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2014 WCLA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Second Round On May 8 Features #1 Pitt, #3 Ohio State, #5 UCLA And #15 Boston College Advancing To Semifinals On May 10


Three of the top five seeds and one longshot are the last four teams still chasing the Division I crown at the conclusion of day two at the 2014 Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships. And while it's still unclear which of the four semifinalists – Pittsburgh, Ohio State, UCLA or Boston College – will eventually emerge as the champion on Saturday afternoon, one thing is known at this point. The WCLA will have a first-time champion in 2014. Only UCLA, which finished as national runner-up in 2011, has advanced this far previously.

Three of the top five seeds and one longshot are the last four teams still chasing the Division I crown at the conclusion of day two at the 2014 Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships. And while it’s still unclear which of the four semifinalists – Pittsburgh, Ohio State, UCLA or Boston College – will eventually emerge as the champion on Saturday afternoon, one thing is known at this point. The WCLA will have a first-time champion in 2014. Only UCLA, which finished as national runner-up in 2011, has advanced this far previously.

Thursday’s WCLA Division I Results

No. 1 Pitt 11, No. 8 Michigan 9
No. 5 UCLA 9, No. 4 Georgia 8
No. 3 Ohio State 12, No. 6 Santa Clara 11
No. 15 Boston College 12, No. 10 UC Santa Barbara 11

Thursday’s WCLA Division I Consolation Bracket Results

Towson 19, Oregon State 5
Texas 13, Virginia Tech 9
Delaware 10, Colorado 7
Florida 19, Colorado State 10

Tight games were the rule of the day as none of Thursday’s winners had an easy trip to the final four. Three of the four quarterfinals were decided by one goal.

Proving that yesterday’s upset of No. 2 seed Florida was no fluke, No. 15 seed Boston College continued its magical run with a 12-11 victory over No. 10 UC Santa Barbara. BC led 8-4 at halftime, but UCSB tallied three straight to open the second half and eventually moved ahead 11-9 with just over five minutes remaining. Back-to-back goals by BC’s Kristina Howe and Kaitlin Brown just 36 seconds apart knotted the score with 3:03 left, and set the stage for more late-game BC heroics. As the closing seconds ticked away, senior Meghan Conley found a cutting Nicole Wei on the crease and Wei deposited the game-winner with just 12 seconds left.

“We were killing some time on that last possession, then it was just a quick shot,” Wei said. “We’re super pumped right now and feel like we’re right there with any of the other teams.”

Next up for the Eagles will be No. 3 seed Ohio State, which also earned a 12-11 victory with its own comeback. Trailing No. 6 Santa Clara by three goals with seven minutes to play, the Buckeyes scored five times in a stretch of four minutes to rally for the win. One day after her 12-point performance in the opening round, senior Eve Tranchito was at it again, scoring a team-high five goals to fuel the Buckeye comeback. She scored four of her five markers in the second half. Goalie Tricia Hengehold added 10 saves for OSU, which earns a semifinal berth in its first-ever appearance in the national championship.

Conversely, No. 1 Pitt is no newcomer to the tournament, with seven previous appearances, but the Panthers had never advanced to the final four – until Thursday. Despite being one player short for the final 5:48 due to a second yellow card, Pitt held off No. 8 Michigan for an 11-9 victory, providing coach Gary Neft with a fitting birthday present.

2014 WCLA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship First Round On May 7 Features #15 Boston College Upset Win Over #2 Florida Club


Boston College, seeded 15th among 16 teams in the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship, pulled off the biggest surprise of the opening day, eliminating No. 2 seed Florida, 18-16. The Eagles built a 9-6 halftime advantage and then withstood a second half rally from the Gators to secure the win and advance to Thursday's quarterfinal round.

Boston College, seeded 15th among 16 teams in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship, pulled off the biggest surprise of the opening day, eliminating No. 2 seed Florida, 18-16. The Eagles built a 9-6 halftime advantage and then withstood a second half rally from the Gators to secure the win and advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

WCLA Division I Championship  May 7 First Round Scores

#1 Pitt 20, #16 Oregon State 6
#4 Georgia 14, #13 Texas 7
#5 UCLA 15, #12 Va Tech 10
#8 Michigan 9, #9 Towson 8
#15 Boston College 18, #2 Florida 16
#3 Ohio State 12, #14 Delaware 11
#6 Santa Clara 12, #11 Colorado 11
#10 UC Santa Barbara 15, #7 Colorado State 5

Thursday’s Quarterfinals (Games begin at 1 pm)
Pittsburgh vs. Michigan
UCLA vs. Georgia
Ohio State vs. Santa Clara
UC Santa Barbara vs. Boston College

Thursday’s Consolation Bracket (Games begin at 4 pm)
Oregon State vs. Towson
Virginia Tech vs. Texas
Delaware vs. Colorado
Colorado State vs. Florida

Sophomore midfielder Kaitlin Brown led the BC offense with five goals and two assists, while senior Nicole Wei added four goals. At the other end, goalie Marina Guigli, a transfer from NCAA Division III William Smith, stopped 11 shots to help keep the Gators’ at bay. Florida pulled to within one goal twice in the second half, the last time at 16-15 with 10:50 remaining, but never pulled even.

The Eagles will face another upset victor – No. 10 seed UC Santa Barbara – on Thursday. The Gauchos disposed of the defending national champion, No. 7 seed Colorado State, 15-5. UCSB controlled play from the outset in this rematch of last year’s national championship game, jumping to a first half lead of 8-1 and maintaining a comfortable working margin throughout. Senior Blair Evans led UCSB with six goals and one assist, while Amanda Shoemaker added four goals, including three straight at one point in the second half.

UCSB coach Paul Ramsey credited his team’s aggressive approach against Colorado State’s zone as the key to the game.

“We didn’t want to be content in just passing the ball around the outside of the zone,” he said. “We were focused on having somebody beat somebody so that we could attack.”

No. 3 seed Ohio State needed a heroic effort from attacker Eve Tranchito to stave off another upset by a double-digit seed, specifically, No. 14 Delaware. The Buckeyes trailed 6-1 midway through the first half and 8-4 at halftime before Tranchito took matters into her own hands. The senior had a part in all eight second half goals for OSU – scoring five times and assisting on the three others – to lead Ohio State to a 12-11 win. Tranchito finished the game with 12 points (7g-5a), the second highest single-game total in tournament history.

2014 WCLA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship First Round Games Begin On May 7


The 14th annual US Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, has a new home.  For the first time in its history, the event moves to the East Coast for the start of a two-year commitment at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex & Stadium in Virginia Beach.

The 14th annual US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, has a new home.
For the first time in its history, the event moves to the East Coast for the start of a two-year commitment at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex & Stadium in Virginia Beach.

WCLA Division I First Round Games – Wednesday, May 7
11 am – No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 16 Oregon State
11 am – No. 8 Michigan Club vs. No. 9 Towson Club
11 am – No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech Club
11 am – No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Texas
2 pm – No. 3 Ohio State Club vs. No. 14 Delaware Club
2 pm – No. 6 Santa Clara vs. No. 11 Colorado
2 pm – No. 7 Colorado State vs. No. 10 UC Santa Barbara
2 pm – No. 2 Florida Club vs. No. 15 Boston College Club

WCLA Division II First Round Groupings – Thursday, May 8
Pod A – No. 1 North Carolina Club, No. 8 Oakland, No. 12 SUNY Cortland Club
Pod B – No. 2 James Madison Club, No. 7 SMU, No. 11 St. Benedict
Pod C – No. 3 Utah, No. 6 Duke Club, No. 10 UD San Diego
Pod D – No. 4 Loyola Maryland Club, No. 5 Gonzaga, No. 9 Denver Club

The WCLA is comprised of approximately 200 college club teams from coast-to-coast that compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. From these, the most deserving Division I and Division II teams qualify for the season-ending national championships, conducted by US Lacrosse each spring.

The 16-team Division I championship begins on Wednesday, while the 12-team Division II championship starts Thursday. The event concludes with championship games for both divisions on Saturday afternoon. Complete coverage of the event, including game blogs and updates, will be provided on http://www.laxmagazine.com.

For the first time, Pittsburgh is the No. 1 seed in the Division I championship. The Panthers, 17-1 overall, are making their eighth overall appearance in the championship and were a national quarterfinalist last year. Pitt will try to become the second straight No. 1 seed to claim the crown, following the path of last year’s top seed Colorado State. The defending champion Rams are the No. 7 seed in this year’s tournament.

Eight members of this year’s Division I field were also participants in last year’s championship in Colorado Springs. In addition to Pittsburgh and Colorado State, the list includes Florida, Georgia, Santa Clara, Michigan, UC Santa Barbara and Texas. Four-time champion Colorado State has the longest current streak for appearances, making its 11th straight showing in 2014. Third-seeded Ohio State and No. 16 seed Oregon State are the two teams making their first Division I championship appearances.

The longest drought between appearances in the championship field belongs to Delaware, which last participated in the 2005 championship. The Blue Hens are the No. 14 seed and compete as members of the Mid Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse League (MAWLL). They are one of three MAWLL teams in the Division I field, along with No. 9 seed Towson Club and No. 12 seed Virginia Tech Club.

In the Division II bracket, 2012 national champion North Carolina Club earned the top seed and brings an unblemished 11-0 overall record into the WCLA National Championship. The Tar Heels won the MAWLL’s Division II title this season with a 15-14 overtime win over James Madison, last year’s Division II national champion. James Madison Club is the number two seed in this year’s championship. The MAWLL also has two other teams represented in the Division II field in Loyola Maryland Club and Duke Club.

Six of the top eight seeds in this year’s Division II field were also participants in last year’s championship: No. 1 seed North Carolina, No. 2 seed James Madison, No. 3 seed Utah, No. 4 seed Loyola Maryland, No. 6 seed Duke and No. 8 seed Oakland. The expanded Division II field, which grew from eight teams to 12 teams this year, features three first timers: No. 5 seed Gonzaga, No. 10 seed UC San Diego and No. 12 seed SUNY Cortland.

No. 8 seed Oakland is the only school to appear in all five Division II championships, although the Golden Grizzlies are still seeking their first tournament victory. Two other members of this year’s expanded D-II line-up, North Carolina Club and Utah, are each making their fourth appearance in the championship.

US Lacrosse Announces “2014 WCLA Lacrosse National Championship” Seedings: #1 Pittsburgh, Florida Club, Ohio State Club, Georgia And UCLA


Pittsburgh University earned the top seed in the Division I bracket of the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, while University of North Carolina Club earned the No. 1 seed in the Division II bracket.

Pittsburgh University earned the top seed in the Division I bracket of the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, while University of North Carolina Club earned the No. 1 seed in the Division II bracket.

Division I

No. 1 University of Pittsburgh
No. 2 University of Florida Club
No. 3 Ohio State University Club
No. 4 University of Georgia
No. 5 University of California Los Angeles
No. 6 Santa Clara University
No. 7 Colorado State University
No. 8 University of Michigan Club
No. 9 Towson University Club
No. 10 University of California Santa Barbara
No. 11 University of Colorado Boulder
No. 12 Virginia Tech University Club
No. 13 University of Texas
No. 14 University of Delaware Club
No. 15 Boston College Club
No. 16 Oregon State University

Division II

No. 1 University of North Carolina Club
No. 2 James Madison University Club
No. 3 University of Utah
No. 4 Loyola University Maryland Club
No. 5 Gonzaga University
No. 6 Duke University Club
No. 7 Southern Methodist University
No. 8 Oakland University
No. 9 University of Denver Club
No. 10 University of California San Diego
No. 11 University of Minnesota Duluth
No. 12 SUNY Cortland Club

The event, featuring the top women’s collegiate club teams in the country, takes place May 7-10 at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex & Stadium in Virginia Beach, Va. The Division I bracket includes 16 teams while the Division II bracket has 12 teams. Both tournament fields are comprised of a combination of teams earning automatic qualifiers as league champions and teams earning at-large berths. Division I and II seeds are listed below.

Pittsburgh brings a 17-1 overall record and nine-game winning streak into the WCLA championship tournament, including a 14-12 win last weekend over Ohio State Club in the championship game of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) tournament. The Panthers were WCLA national quarterfinalists last year and are making their ninth overall appearance in the US Lacrosse WCLA National Championship.

Defending Division I national champion Colorado State, which has won the national title four times, is seeded seventh and is making its 11th consecutive appearance in the championship. The Rams beat UC Santa Barbara 14-4 in last year’s national championship game.

In the Division II bracket, University of North Carolina Club earned the top seed and brings an unblemished 11-0 overall record into the WCLA National Championship. The Tar Heels won the Mid Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse League (MAWLL) Division II title last week with a 15-14 overtime win over James Madison University Club, last year’s Division II national champion. James Madison is the number two seed in this year’s championship.

WCLA Lacrosse: Westminster Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features BYU, Texas, Michigan State, Michigan, UCLA, Colorado & Colorado State


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The Westminster College women’s lacrosse team has a slate of 13 regular season games set for the 2014 season. The schedule includes four home games and features six teams that qualified for the 2013 WCLA DI National Championship.
For the fifth straight season, Westminster will open the year at the Santa Barbara Shootout. The Griffins open with Michigan State and Pittsburgh on Feb. 15. They will them face Santa Clara on Feb. 16 and a yet to be announced team on Feb. 17.
Westminster’s first home game comes on March 8 when Utah State visits Dumke Field for the first of three straight games against teams from the state of Utah. On March 15, the Griffins play at Utah Valley before a March 21 home game against Brigham Young in the RMWLL opener.

Westminster Women's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule

WCLA Lacrosse: Lacrosse Magazine 2014 Preseason Top 20 Ranks Colorado State #1 Followed By UCSB, Georgia, Cal Poly And BYU


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Coming off of a dominant 22-0 season in 2013, the Colorado State Rams are the Preseason No. 1 in Lacrosse Magazine’s WCLA Division I Top 20. Winners of three of the past four US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championships, the Rams were the first team since 2007 to take home the title as the top seed.
Runner-up UC Santa Barbara, the 2012 champion, is second in the Preseason Top 20, with Georgia, Cal Poly and BYU rounding out the top five.
The 2013 WCLA National Tournament will be played from May 7-10 at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex and Stadium in Virginia Beach, Va.

WCLA Division I Preseason Top 20

1. Colorado State
2. UC Santa Barbara
3. Georgia
4. Cal Poly
5. BYU
6. Texas
7. Florida Club
8. Pittsburgh
9. Virginia Club
10. Colorado Club
11. Santa Clara
12. USC Club
13. Minnesota
14. Westminster
15. Ohio State Club
16. Maryland Club
17. Michigan Club
18. Virginia Tech Club
19. UCLA
20. Penn State Club

“Lacrosse Magazine” January 2014 Issue Features Syracuse Sophomore Kayla Treanor, Princeton Middie Tom Schreiber And MCLA & WCLA Previews


Lacrosse Magazine January 2014 Issue Cover

COVER STORY – Sophomore Sensations
Kayla Treanor and Taylor Cummings took the NCAA by storm as freshmen. What will they do for an encore? If it’s anything like the first go-round, look for the Terps and Orange back in the final four.
By Dave Rahme and Patrick Stevens
FEATURES
Schreiber Metrics
Where does reigning USILA Midfielder of the Year Tom Schreiber stand among Princeton’s All-time greats? He can ensure his legacy with an NCAA title. A Tewaaraton Award wouldn’t hurt either.
By Justin Feil | Online Extra: Photo Gallery by Michael Sahadi
Three’s Company
In 1998, US Lacrosse boldly envisioned a multi-level nationally standardized certification program for lacrosse coaches. Fifteen years later, USL launched Coaching Education Program Level 3. Meet the first Level 3-certified pioneers
By Mark Macyk
Statement Game
The pressure is on, as 51 players vie for 23 spots on the 2014 U.S. men’s national team at Champion Challenge. It’s go time for Paul Rabil and Brendan Mundorf, whose injuries have kept them from showcasing their talents until now.
By Sean Burns
WCLA and MCLA Previews
LM takes a preseason spin on the college club circuit, including top 20s, players of the year, and an inspirational story on St. Thomas’ Will Hersman’s bout with Lyme disease.
By J Jude Hazard and Jac Coyne
COLUMNS
From the Editor: No Ordinary Scrimmage
His Space: Lunch with Big Man
Her Space: A Lopsided Affair
DEPARTMENTS
The Scoop
Field of Growth’s Kevin Dugan takes on more healing in Wheeling, while Cornell remains mum on the shocking firing of coach Ben DeLuca. Plus, LM’s mock MLL draft.
Lifestyles
After a near-death episode, former Widener All-American Keith Wilford challenges to day’s players as a motivational trainer.
World Lacrosse 2014
If any team knows the value of home field advantage, it’s team Canada, which won gold the last time it hosted the FIL World Championships in 2006. How do they hope to take down Team USA? It helps to have NCAA-trained talent.
Your Edge
Learn about the basics of great on-ball defense with Loyola’s Joe Fletcher – the only collegian still playing with Team USA. UConn senior and Big East Midfielder of the Year Lauren Kahn also shows poise under pressure in the transition game.
Give and Go
Team USA head coach and the new head coach and architect at Furman University Richie Meade keeps the faith.